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Egyptian Sherif Osman Wins First Gold Medal at the Rio Paralympic Games

Sherif Osman just got on the podium at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, after breaking his own record in powerlifting -59kg.

Staff Writer

Egypt claims its first gold medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, after champion Sherif Osman’s record-breaking performance in the powerlifting -59kg. The athlete defeated UK rival Ali Jawad, a previous world champion who finished in second place, as well as China’s Quanxi Yang, who took home the bronze medal. 

Osman brings home the first gold medal in this year’s Paralympic Summer Games, which took off in Rio de Janeiro on September 7th. Egypt has so far claimed 165 medals at the Paralympics, which are running their 15th edition this year. According to the Paralympics official site, Osman was already on the International Paralympic Committee's “ones-to-watch” list for Rio 2016, as he is a two-time defending Paralympic champion in the men's up to 56kg. This year, however, he broke his own record slashing the 59kg category.